After a couple weeks off due to vacation, we are back with the Offensive Breakdown from the MTSU game. That performance looked far more like the performances from earlier this year, with UK controlling the line of scrimmage, especially in the 1st half, and the defense making enough big plays to hold off MTSU late. Benny Snell was back to his old ways and Terry Wilson was efficient enough for another Cats win. A breakdown of the stats:
Run: 16 rushes, 101 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 5-8, 76 yards
Run: 196 rushes, 1146 yards, 13 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 74-108, 807 yards, 6 TD, 3 INT (9 sacks allowed) (2 fumbles lost)
Recap: After a struggling start with the passing game on 1st down, Terry Wilson completed his last 4 passes for 68 yards and the rushing attack was back to being a dominant force for the Cats. As happened early in the season, the Cats success on 1st down gave them great situations on 2nd and 3rd down for most of the game.
Run: 15 rushes, 77 yards, 1 TD
Pass: 3-3, 27 yards, 1 TD
Run: 144 rushes, 747 yards, 6 TD (3 fumbles lost)
Pass: 54-78, 517 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT (7 sacks allowed)
Recap: We saw the mythical TD pass to CJ Conrad along with a bruising rushing attack for the Cats. Asim Rose had a couple nice runs in this mix as well. In the 2nd half, the rushing attack was stymied a few times on 2nd and short but overall, very good numbers here.
3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes, 11 yards (converted 0 of 2)
Pass: 1-2, 3 yards, 1 sack allowed (converted 0 of 3)
Run: 21 rushes, 107 yards (converted 2 of 21)
Pass: 24-44, 271 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 5 sacks allowed (converted 9 of 49)
Recap: Much of the same for the Cats here, unable to convert longer 3rd downs. They have been one of the worst teams in the country on 3rd down all season and an 0 for 5 performance against MTSU highlights that. For the season, UK is just 11 for 70 when facing a 3rd down and 6 or longer.
3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes, 24 yards (converted 3 of 4)
Pass: 1-1, 14 yards (converted 1 of 1)
Run: 44 rushes, 237 yards, 1 TD (converted 33 of 44)
Pass: 14-23, 106 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks allowed (converted 12 of 26)
Recap: UK was back to dominating on 3rd and short, converting 4 of 5 opportunities. This is where Benny Snell is the best, gaining the tough yards. He was stuffed on a late 3rd and short but otherwise kept drives moving for the Cats. A 75% conversion rate on the ground is a positive for both the offense and defense. And hey, the Cats even converted one through the air against MTSU.